IHGS Staff

Cecil Humphery-Smith Cecil Humphery-Smith ~ Founder
Following an early childhood interest in heraldry which was to become his passion, Cecil Humphery-Smith championed family history as opposed to genealogy, encouraging academia to take the subject seriously. He brought it to Canterbury in 1961 founding the Institute in Northgate. He was rewarded in 2004 by Her Majesty the Queen who awarded him the OBE for his services to education in heraldry and genealogy.
Richard Baker Dr Richard C F Baker ~ Principal
As Director of Studies, Richard is responsible for the Institute's educational programme and is a member of our Examining Board. He is an experienced Tutor and Lecturer in all aspects of Genealogy, but his specialist interests are in Heraldry and Genetic Inheritance. Richard represents the interests of the Institute on a number of national committees.
Sarah Bulson Sarah Bulson ~ Course tutor, Librarian and Lecturer.
Sarah graduated from Kent University with a BA in History and then went on to obtain an MA in Library and Information Studies at University College, London. Aside from her work as librarian, her roles also include lecturing on all aspects of family history research and being a tutor on the Correspondence Course. She also assists Achievements, our supporting body, with all manner of genealogical and historical research for their numerous clients.
Michelle Webber Michelle Webber ~ Registrar
Michelle’s numerous responsibilities include not only being the Institute’s Registrar but also the administrator of the Correspondence Course and pedigree designer for Achievements.
Ann Ballard Ann Ballard ~ Course Tutor
Ann Ballard is a graduate of the Institute having gained the Higher Certificate in 2010 and the Diploma in Genealogy the following year. Her passion for family history started when she was a teenager when family papers and photos from the early 19th century, were passed down following the death of her grandfather. She has gained considerable practical experience in research of her own and extended family histories, and those of others, over many years. Her main career was nursing until 1990, during which time she obtained a teaching qualification for adult education. She has recently established her own business, providing Family History research and training. Her particular interest is in Heraldry, and parish records, although she enjoys all aspects of Family History.
Celia Heritage Celia Heritage ~ Course Tutor
Celia has been passionate about family history since the age of 14, her interest having been first sparked by family stories passed down to her by her mother. Celia went on to study history at King's College London and then to study family history at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, passing the Higher Certificate in Genealogy with distinction. She worked as Registrar and lecturer for the Institute, before setting up on her own. Celia specialises in parish, land and death records.
Celia Heritage Elizabeth Kerry ~ Course Tutor
Liz joined the Institute after gaining her BA Hons in History from the University of Kent and has subsequently attained the Diploma in Genealogy. She works as a genealogist for Achievements, the research arm of IHGS and appeared as a researcher on the Dutch series of Who do You Think You Are?. Tracing East Anglian and non-conformist ancestors are particular areas of interest.
Les Mitchinson Les Mitchinson ~ Course Tutor
Les is a graduate of the Institute who gained his Higher Certificate in 2008 and the Diploma in Genealogy the following year. Les spent a full career in the Royal Navy before setting up his own Family History education and research business in Hampshire. He finds all aspects of Family History engaging but would have to single out military records as his favoured area of research.
Frances Gilday Frances Gilday ~ Receptionist
Frances has worked at Northgate for 27 years and is our valued receptionist. You will find her in our shop and answering your telephone calls three days a week.
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